In the News: These Are Exciting Times

By Frank Prater
December 2013

 After commenting on news articles, and comparing them to Biblical prophecies, I hear people say “these are exciting times.”  Indeed, these should be exciting times to those of us who believe that the return of Jesus Christ is imminent. 

We often note that the first followers of Jesus Christ believed His return would be in their day.  Some historians believe the reason for Apostle Paul writing 1 Thess.  4: 15-17 was based on the idea that the early saints were showing concern because some had begun to go by the way of the grave. Those remaining may have been questioning their understanding of the “Second Coming”.  Therefore, after describing the the 2nd Coming, Paul closes the chapter by saying “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”


 Paul gives a description of the 2nd coming beginning with a shout,{For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout}. He then gives the two succeeding events of the voice of the resurrection, and the translation of the living saints, {with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first}.  If the last two of these three events has not happened, perhaps we are still in the first phase, or the shout of the Lords 2nd coming. 


Remember one of the events of an Eastern marriage was the procession of the wedding party from the home of the groom to the home of the bride, {And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him MATTHEW 25:6 }. 


This procession would have been an atmosphere with a lot of noise and gaiety.  Music instruments would be playing, as the grooms party danced and shouted on their way to the brides residence.  This was to announce the coming of the groom, to get his bride, and take her to the place which he had prepared for her.


The Rapture Shout  event has been compared to a loving parent trying to get the attention of an inattentive child  about to step into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Surely, the parent  would shout very loudly to get the child’s attention.


   The Bride of Jesus Christ was to hear a message to get her attention, as Her Groom was coming to get her in the Rapture { The first thing comes, when He starts descending from the Heaven, there's a shout. What is it? Is a Message, to get the people together – 65-1204  THE.RAPTURE 141}.  


May we say that if we have not seen the resurrection, then we may yet be in the shout phase of the Rapture. Since the Message part of the shout phase of the Rapture has sounded, what more could the Lord do to complete the shout by getting our attention? Would there be other events which would be a part of the shout phase?


Perhaps we can look at scriptural events which may be designated as prophetical in their nature, and know that these events were to happen before the Rapture is completed. These signs include events in the Sun, Moon  and stars. In fact, it appears that scriptures in the Bible books of Joel, Matthew, Luke, and Revelation, etc., deal with a specific eclipse which will be a major sign of the times {JOEL 2:31, Matthew 24:29, Luke 21:25, and Revelation 8:12}.   As well, there were to be signs in the seas, and oceans (Luke 21:25}. Could this be the  resulting mega storms we are experiencing?  Beyond this,  there were to be perplexing signs of unrest in the nations of the World, as well as in Israel {Luke 21:29}.  


As World Wars’ 1 & 2, were given for specific signs, so are modern warfare events given as specific signs of the approaching “Battle of Armageddon.”  { 65-0219  THIS.DAY.THIS.SCRIPTURE.IS.FULFILLED 27}. ETC.  THE SHOUT (1ST phase) of the Rapture may be about to end, with the resurrection (2nd phase), and body change (3rd phase) following very closely. 


Many, if not most, articles in the news today, may be a shout to the waiting Bride of Christ to get ready to leave.  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your demption draweth nigh.  LUKE 21:2


evfrankpraterBrother Frank Prater resides in Arkansas  with his  wife Sister Pam.  He is the pastor of Eagle Lighthouse Tabernacle in Fort Smith, Arkansas.    He also writes a column called Concerning Prophecy for  the Eagle’s View newsletter.




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